Fresno Police say Cindy Lea Sambueso left voluntarily

FRESNO, Calif.

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At a news conference on Friday, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "It is our belief she is a voluntary missing person and not under duress or danger."

Chief Dyer says investigators located store surveillance camera video showing Sambueso making purchases in a Fresno store on Tuesday. They also tracked gas station and hotel receipts that lead to another city. Police policy prevents them from disclosing that location, saying only that it was in California.

Chief Dyer says Sambueso checked into two separate motels in that city this past week. Investigators contacted motel employees who saw her as of Friday morning and reported she appeared to be fine and noted she was travelling alone.

Sambueso's former husband Robert lead the search effort for his wife and appeared on local and national news programs appealing for help in locating his ex-wife. He joined Dyer at a Friday news conference and said he was "Thrilled she's alive and not harmed." He added he hoped they could work out their differences and "live happily ever after."

The Sambueso's were divorced 12 years ago. According to Robert, Cindy, and their daughter Katherine moved in with him about a year ago after Cindy suffered some financial setbacks due to being injured in a traffic accident.

Cindy Sambueso is a massage therapist, and also known for her work in using a therapeutic touch method to treat animals, especially injured horses.

At Friday's news conference, her 15-year-old daughter Katherine issued an appeal to her mother saying, "If you see this please call us, or police and let us know nothing is wrong."

Both Katherine and her father said hearing that Cindy was seen alive and well was a great relief.

Fresno Police have contacted law enforcement agencies in the area Cindy was last seen in hopes they can let her know her family is worried.

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